Primary Instrument: Bass
Bassist David Wong was born and raised in New York City. He is a graduate of the LaGuardia High School for Music and Art and the Performing Arts, where he developed his passion for music under the tutelage of tuba master Bob Stewart.
In 2004, he graduated from the Juilliard School in classical music. He has studied with Orin O’Brien (New York Philharmonic), Ron Carter, Ben Wolfe, and John Clayton.
From 2003 to 2004, as part of the Eric Reed Trio, Mr. Wong performed in Switzerland, Scotland, the Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles), the Algonquin Hotel (New York City), and with Jazz at Lincoln Center and many other venues worldwide. He is currently a member of Roy Haynes’ “Fountain of Youth” band which has toured throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, as well as bassist with the “Heath Brothers” quartet, led by jazz legends, Jimmy and Albert Tootie Heath. David can also be seen performing with the exciting new singer, Sachal Vasandani, and the amazing pianist, Jeb Patton.
He has recorded with Benny Green, Dan Nimmer, Jeb Patton, Albert “Tootie” Heath, and is featured on a brand new release from Sachal Vasandani, “Eyes Wide Open”. He has performed with Clark Terry, Illinois Jacquet, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Walter Blanding, Marcus Printup, Leroy Jenkins, David Hazeltine, Jim Rotondi, Carla Cook, Paula West, and Mark Gould (Metropolitan Opera) to name just a few.
Source: Kandie Le Britain Webster, Contributing Editor
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Release Date: November 2, 2010
Recorded on January 13-14, 2010, at Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY
Tracks: 1) Honeybone; 2) Butch and Butch (Oliver Nelson); 3) Pecan Pie; 4) Sweet Georgia Peach; 5) Do I Love You? (A 1939 popular song written by Cole Porter, for his musical DuBarry Was a Lady, where it was introduced by Ronald Graham and Ethel Merman); 6) Pocket Watch (Does this song have any connection to the Musical Pocket Watch played in Clint Eastwood's For A Few Dollars More?); 7) The Witching Hour (the late-night Kansas City stroll by Quincy Jones) 8) Tail Feathers (Ron Carter, Russell's Golden Striker Trio leader, featured on Ron Carter's 2002 Blue Note release Stardust); 9) The Kind of Girl She Is (Bergman/Grusin composition ~ Jack Jones provided the vocals to this theme song of Funny Face); 10) Mind Wine (A 2007 recording from the John Hicks Legacy Band); 11) Unchained Melody (A 1955 popular song with music by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret ~ Swing band pianist Les Baxter released an instrumental version which reached #2 ~ It was the July 1965 version by The Righteous Brothers that became a jukebox standard for the late 20th century.)
Personnel: Russell Malone, producer, guitar; David Wong, bass; Montez Coleman, drums.
Of Special Note: The CD Release Event and special performances was be held at Jazz At The Bistro in St. Louis, Missouri, October 20-23, 2010; There are a total of eleven tracks, four of which are Russell Malone originals. "Sweet Georgia Peach" was first recorded as the title track on Sweet Georgia Peach (1998); "Pecan Pie" is being released here for the first time, even though Russell has been performing it since 2005. Russell Malone's version of the ever-popular Righteous Brothers tune, "Unchained Melody" has received rave reviews in his recent concert performances.
Quote: "We feel privileged and honored to share this gift of music with you." ~ Russell Malone, a personal statement from the liner notes.
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